Recipes

coffee rubbed pork

Coffee Rubbed Pork w/ Dijon Cream Sauce

I had an epiphany over breakfast one day to try this coffee rubbed pork concept. Coffee and cream go together—especially when there’s a savory pork products involved (like bacon). So I took the idea of those three ingredients and did a club remix for dinner. And thus, the coffee rubbed pork with dijon cream sauce was born.  Wine Pairing Ideas…

beef

Braised Beef Ragu with Pappardelle Pasta

Braised Beef Ragu with Pappardelle (or any kind of braised short ribs) might just be my favorite recipe ever. Like, ever ever. We’re talking last meal kind of dish. I love it for the hearty braising liquid and the tender, succulent meat. As a wine lover, some of my favorite red wines (and probably yours) just happen to go with…

Thanksgiving Ravioli

Thanksgiving Ravioli w/ Turkey & Cranberry Filling

Mrs. B is six months pregnant which means she’s been on a comfort food tear lately, especially with pasta. She whipped up this Thanksgiving themed Ravioli dish with turkey and cranberry after seeing Giada De Laurentiis make something similar on the Food Network last year. Our original goal was to find ways to use leftover turkey from Thanksgiving in something…

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Filet Mignon w/ Blue Cheese Porcini Sauce

  Filet Mignon with Blue Cheese works well as a main dish but can also be altered to be more of an appetizer like the one pictured above. I like to cut the filet into small little bites with a bit of sauce drizzled on top. When it comes to wine pairings, it’s pretty much a fastball over the plate.…

beef cuts

Meat “The Butcher” & King of Beef Cuts Dario Cecchini

Dario “The Butcher” Cecchini likes meat…A LOT. No, I mean he really likes cuts of beef. So much so that he raises his own beef in Spain and puts on a “meat theater” every night at his Panzano in Chianti based restaurant, Antica Macelleria Cechini. When we visited, Cecchini had just returned from an event at the Four Seasons in…

egg, arugula, prosciutto brunch recipe

Prosciutto, Warm Arugula, Egg & Balsamic Brunch Recipe

Here’s a modern twist on a classic breakfast. In place of the bacon we have prosciutto. In place of hash browns we have thinly sliced new potatoes and as an alternative to fried eggs you can use Jerry James Stone’s perfect poached egg technique. A little warm arugula and drizzled balsamic reduction lifts the dish so brunch won’t be too…

cioppino

Spicy Cioppino

Wine Pairing We shouldn’t have to look far to find a wine to serve with this. Seafood is the protein, so that helps decide the choice of wine. Although buttery Chardonnay’s are a dime a dozen in nearby Sonoma or Napa, I’m leaning towards a Sauvignon Blanc or possibly an Italian varietal like Vermentino. Unoaked Chardonnay might have the crisp…

Potato Leek and Bacon Soup

Potato Leek and Bacon Soup

Bacon. There, I said it. Crisp savory bacon with some other ingredients, namely chicken stock, potatoes and leeks make this a super easy hearty dish to have in the middle of winter when Punxsutawney Phil tells us to hunker down for six more weeks (damn that little rodent!). What could be easier than throwing everything into a crock pot and forgetting about…

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Camping, Kayaking & ‘que on the Russian River

Mrs. B and I moved from Boulder, Colorado to Northern California in 2009 to pursue a career in the wine industry. I was a finalist in Murphy Goode’s Really Goode Job competition. Through that whole competition we met some fellow contestants who have since become good friends over the past three years. Two people we met through Really Goode Job in…